Gaskets are not not the sexiest parts of your motorcycle and not the easiest for me to talk about to interest all of you. But those who are professionals or tinker in their garage know that all gaskets are not born equal. Which makes the difference between no-trouble leak proof components from first installation to years of service and the frustrating task of fixing repetitive leaks … and cleaning your shop or garage floor.
During a professional trip abroad, Tamara Smith, General Manager of James Gaskets, since 1977 the industry leader with the most extended line of Harley-Davidson aftermarket gaskets and seals, was somewhat lamenting that too many ignore the importance of quality gaskets and don’t know much about the vast improvements that gaskets went through over the years.
For example, a critical development in gaskets development was in 2006 when James Gaskets introduced a wide range of gaskets made of molded rubber bonded over steel. This material has a solid steel core that is fully encapsulated with a thin layer of high-temperature NBR rubber. In many applications this material not only makes sense but solves a problem that no other material can. And most in the industry still don’t know about it…Although James Gaskets, nor me, will qualify these type of rubber over steel gaskets as re-usable, those in the know seem to be able to do it with success… Just take this observation as a proof of quality. Nothing more.
To my knowledge, James Gaskets is the only manufacturer offering this type of product or anything even similar. The James rubber over steel gaskets are high torque resistant and are available for inspection covers, derby covers, some transmission seals, etc and for those working on/owning a prone to leak Panhead, a set of Rocker Cover seals to provide the conformability needed to seal all types of covers, either stamped steel, chrome plated or cast. In the past year alone James Gaskets has released dozens of new parts and kits, all of them in their new catalog. Any concern or question, contact James Gaskets at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-246-2220 / 775-230-9001